Sidereal are the winners of The One Spark Music Jurors Award at the One Spark Festival held in Jacksonville, FL, this year. With their "Sidereal 2014 Takeover" project they've convinced the music category jury and have won $10,000 in prize money. I've talked to them about their One Spark participation, their project and what they would recommend One Spark Berlin candidates ...
50K MUSIC: First please tell us a bit about the band? Where do you come from? Who are the guys behind Sidereal? What are your (musical) roots?
Sidereal: The band consists of Lukas (Sax, Keys, Ukulele, Vocals) and Niko Costas (Drums), Colin Paterson (Vocals / Guitar), and Kevin Beaugrand (Bass). The four grew up in the little town of Fruit Cove, FL directly between Jacksonville and St. Augustine and are now based in the great city of Jacksonville Beach!
A little more than a month ago Willie Stratton & The Boarding Party have completed the funding for their just released album Deserter on Pledgemusic. I talked to Willie about the Pledgemusic experience, the new album and their plans for the next months ...
50K MUSIC: For a start, who is Willie Stratton? What is The Boarding Party?
Willie: I am Willie Stratton! I'm a 22 year old singer/songwriter, and the Boarding Party is a group of mean string pluckers that I play with. We've got Dave Fultz on guitar and baritone guitar, Grace Stratton on bass and occasionally smacking the floor tom, and Patrick Murphy on the drum kit.
50K MUSIC: Where do you come from? What are your (musical) roots?
Willie: I come from Bedford, which is a Nova Scotian town in Canada. It's nothing too special, just a suburban area, but it's nicely located on the harbour. My musical roots come mainly from American folk music. When I was younger I was strongly influenced by my Grandfather, who played piano and basically anything else he could get his hands on. I was also a huge fan of Woody Guthrie, and basically anything I could find that Alan Lomax recorded. I try to do what those old songsters did with a bit of a Canadian twist.
A few days ago I discovered Myrra's project on Musicraiser. She's raising funds for her second album and there are only 7 days left to support her. I talked to her about the album project, the crowdfunding experience and her future plans ...
50K MUSIC: First please tell us a bit about yourself. Who is Myrra Rós? Where do you come from, even musically?
Myrra: Well I come from Hafnarfjörður in Iceland. It is close to the capital, Reykjavík, where I now live. My fathers side of the family is very musical, almost everyone can play guitar to some level and some of them have studied music. My father was in bands when I was younger and I used to get my interest in music from him. He was the one who sat me down when I was young and showed me some albums that he liked and from then on I started taking interest in music. I started quite late though myself. I was going to study fine arts and be a painter or an illustrator. But then when I was 20 years old I picked up a guitar and from then on I have been playing guitar and piano a little bit. I have only been playing live since around 2008 though. I am also in another band I started with my husband Júlíus called VAR.
Brews Willis is a Canadian Alternative, Indie band from Toronto, Ontario doing their new album "Party’s Over" through Pledgemusic.com. I got to check out some pretty cool songs and rad videos of Brews Willis, and it’s like one awesome party as they skateboard and surf their way through the music world. Here is a great interview I got to have with them. Once you are done reading this Q&A, go and check these crazy guys out!
A few weeks ago I discovered The Glass Child's music on Pledgemusic. There are still 15 days to support her album project there. I talked to Charlotte about the album, living in Berlin and her future plans ...
50K MUSIC: First please tell us a bit about yourself. Where do you come from, what are your (musical) roots? And please tell us about your journey leading you to the point you're at today.
Charlotte: When I was 18 I left my home and everything I knew in Sweden, moved to London and then spent the following years dedicating my whole life to my music and art. I guess you can call me a wanderer. I spent a year just living with my guitar and a worn out bag, sleeping at floors and train stations, playing wherever my music was welcomed. Writing is how I figure myself out so my journals and lessons turned into my first book that I published together with my debut full length album last year, and now I’m right in the middle of a PledgeMusic campaign in order to make my second album happen together with my fans.
A few days ago I came across the sound of The Amount Of Light We Give Off and to be honest couldn't stop listening to their latest album List which was released in January this year. Rachel reviewed it last week. I talked to the guys with partly astounding results ...
50K MUSIC: Please give us some info about The Amount Of Light We Give Off. How do you met? Where do you come from? What are your (musical) roots?
TAOLWGO: Sharing the same passion for turkish food, we met queuing up at our local kebab restaurant and figured we must like the same music. Nick has Scottish-Egyptian roots, and it is unknown what Ricos exact background is. His roots are probably Swedish. Roots? You mean "Roots bloody roots"?
50K MUSIC: Everybody is keen on pigeonholing bands and their music. We're not. But how would you describe your music?
TAOLWGO: We rather like shooting pigeons - clay ones at least and therefore we dont really mind holes either.
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